Library funding decision disputed

Source: By Tom Bailey Jr. and Clay Bailey, Commercial Appeal (TN), May 18, 2006

Germantown and Collierville are challenging Tennessee library officials to explain why the suburban libraries don’t qualify for state grant money. The outlying cities, except Bartlett, separated from the Public Library and Information Center two years ago and opted for a private management firm as the county phased out funding for suburban libraries. Despite the state recognizing them as public libraries, Jane Pinkston, assistant state librarian for planning and development, said last week that the suburbs became ineligible for the funds when they split from the Memphis system.

…… Their libraries are managed by Maryland-based Library Systems & Services under individual contracts with each municipality.